Viviana Hurtado

Marco Rubio at the Republican National Convention
Election 2012: Did Marco Rubio Upstage GOP Nominee Mitt Romney at the RNC?

Considered by many a “rising star” in the Republican party, Senator Marco Rubio’s introduction of Mitt Romney was nothing short of high voltage.  Florida’s junior Senator defended his GOP values of small government and free enterprise, with plugs to liberty--this last principle illustrated with personal touches, references to his immigrant Cuban parents, and some phrases in Spanish.  Although not quite stealing the show at the 2012 Republican National Convention, he got close and got it back on track after surpri


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Mitt Romney campaigns in Iowa in August 2012
Election 2012: Searching for Latino Voter Outreach at the GOP Convention

Tropical Storm Isaac may have delayed the start of the Republican National Convention, but not arguably the biggest party in town which has three important action items on the agenda: officially nominating Mitt Romney – the GOP challenger to President Barack Obama. The second is firing up the base – the hardcore delegates who will deliver “votes” doing whatever it takes back home – going door to door or driving viejitos from their senior living homes to the polls.


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Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney in Norfolk, Virginia on August 11, 2012
Election 2012: What You Need to Know About GOP VP Pick Paul Ryan

Mitt Romney was so overcome with emotion while introducing Paul Ryan as his running mate to challenge President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in November, that he bellowed, “the next President of the United States!” Once the snark cleared, this foot-in-your-mouth slip revealed what conservatives are calling a “bold move.” Why? This choice is seen as a play to fire up the conservative base of the Republican party.


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Woman at a Podium
Election 2012: A Debate Moderator Should Be a Woman

The home stretch of election season is rich with tradition: the GOP Vice President will be picked. Both parties throw a big party, host their nominating conventions -- with Republicans nominating Mitt Romney in Tampa, Florida and Democrats renominating President Barack Obama in Charlotte, North Carolina.


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Julian Castro at the 2012 State of the Union Address
Election 2012: Latino to Deliver Keynote at the Democratic National Convention

Although considered by some a rising political star in the Democratic party, Julián Castro became a super star when the news broke that he will deliver the keynote address at the 2012 Democratic National Convention at the beginning of September. The San Antonio mayor is scheduled to speak, as is First Lady Michelle Obama, on the opening night. This speech will set the tone for President Obama’s nomination at the “top” of the Democratic ticket. Both Mrs.


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gun control
Election 2012: Should Gun Control Become a Campaign Issue?

The senseless violence in Aurora, Colorado after James Holmes allegedly shot and killed twelve people at a midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises has many Americans calling for drastically stricter gun laws. Except President Obama and likely Republican challenger Mitt Romney.


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George Lopez and Joe Arpaio
Election 2012: George Lopez vs. Sheriff Joe Arpaio, A Missed Opportunity?

When George Lopez in his HBO special went on a rapid-fire tirade after “getting political,” many of us didn’t get upset because our culture has desensitized us to this kind of explicit language. Whether it’s a live comedy performance or cable shows, you would think you’re in a war zone “F bombs” are dropped that often. 


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Ann Romney and Mitt Romney at the Illinois Primary in Chicago in May 2012
Election 2012: An Open Letter to Ann Romney

Dear Mrs. Romney,

Like millions of women, I watched First Lady Michelle Obama rock it as she sat down with Latina mothers for a chat sponsored by the Hispanic mom lifestyle-focused website Mamiverse.  I thought, when will your husband’s campaign start to aggressively reach out to Hispanic voters? 


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Voting Booth, Polls
Election 2012: Latino Voters Are The (In)Visible Political Giants

About one year ago, I was advocating for more mainstream news coverage of the Latino vote. The 2010 U.S. Census confirmed what most of us who are Hispanic knew: our population had grown to 50 million or 16 percent of the general population and is expected to increase to 25 percent by 2050.


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Supreme Court of the United States
Election 2012: The Supreme Court and Your Vote

I was guest anchoring on NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin while she was away when the Supreme Court announced its decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This is President Obama’s signature legislation that makes health care insurance mandatory. (Or face a fine, as an individual or business.) The mandate is also the focus of the criticism.


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